Sikh Meets World
Simran Jeet Singh
Season 2, Ep. 6
Simran Jeet Singh is a professor at Columbia University, a Senior Fellow at the Sikh Coalition, the host of the Spirited podcast, an author, a father, and a devout San Antonio Spurs fan. He joined the pod to discuss his American story, the reasons that pushed him to embrace advocacy,and his new book, Fauja Singh Keeps Going, which releases on August 25, 2020.We recorded this discussion in March 2019 before the pandemic and protests, but Simran naturally touched on rising hate crimes, the attributes of true solidarity, and the importance of seva.
Randeep Singh Sarai, MP
Season 2, Ep. 5
Randeep Singh SaraiMP(born April 15, 1975) is aCanadianpolitician who was elected as aMember of Parliamentin theHouse of Commons of Canadato represent the federal electoral districtSurrey Centerduring the2015 Canadian federal election. Randeep was recently re-elected and on this episode he talks about his rise to power as a Member of Parliament, his prime minister, Justin Trudeau, his thoughts on Jagmeet Singh, the Sikh NDP leader, and his advice to Sikh Americans on how to build political power.
The Sandy Lion, Stylist, Influencer, & Teacher
Season 2, Ep. 4
Sandy Kaur Gill (SKG) better known as TheSandyLion is a stylist and image consultant with the simple goal of helping people look and feel the best about themselves. She has worked closely with public figures including Lilly Singh, Beena Minhaj, Nabela, and Humble The Poet. Sandy is a brand ambassador for Nike, Gillette and Neostrata, and has worked with other notable brands including Apple, Guess Jeans, Aldo Shoes and Hayley Elsaesser. She also works as an elementary school teacher in Brampton, and has partnered with organizations to help spread access to education to girls around the world. Sandy sat downwith us to discuss her motivations for becoming a stylist, an influencer, and a teacher and her advice for young Sikh women who want pursue fashion and teaching.
Babbu, Comedian, Actor & Influencer
Season 2, Ep. 3
While Babbu is known for his hilarious roles in Jus Reign's YouTube parodies of western South Asian culture, he is also an entrepreneur and a major influencer for young Sikhs around the world. He stars in the National Sikh Campaign's "Diversity Day" video created by the renown Funny or Die production studio, where he takes on the challenge of educating others on what it means to be Sikh and what the turban represents. Our interview touches on not only what he hopes to do with this role but also his career, his goals, and most importantly, how he came across his infamous Tide jacket.
Ravi Singh Bhalla, Mayor of Hoboken
Season 2, Ep. 2
Ravi Bhalla, is an Americancivil rightslawyer, politician, and the mayor ofHoboken, New Jersey. Prior to becoming mayor, he served in thecity councilofHoboken, New Jerseysince 2009. On November 7, 2017, he was elected New Jersey's firstSikhmayor, as well as the first elected mayor in the United States who is a Sikh and wears aturban.In this wide ranging interview, we discuss Mayor Bhalla's childhood, why he pursued politics and public service, his various initiatives as Mayor for the city of Hoboken, and his advice on how to get into politics.
Dr. Amarjit Singh Marwah, Campaign Manager for the first Sikh Congressman
Season 2, Ep. 2
Although lesser known than his contemporaries, Dalip Singh Saund and Bhagat Singh Thind, Dr. Amarjit Singh Marwah has had an extremely interesting and impactful life and career. Not only was he a successful dentist in Malibu, California but he was also the City Commissioner of Los Angeles and the campaign manager behind the election of the first Sikh, Indian, and Asian man to the U.S. Congress.Sikh Meets Worldsat down with him over the course of a few interviews to get an inside look at his life story and why he believes Sikhs in America are now able to make a bigger impact than ever before. A wide-ranging conversation that crisscrosses between his life and his advice, Dr. Marwah shows us how nothing is impossible.
Dr. Rajwant Singh
Season 1, Ep. 5
A prominent voice for the Sikh-American community both in the United States and abroad, Dr. Rajwant Singh plans to use all of the remaining time on causes that will positively impact the world for Sikhs and others. Having acted as a bridge between the Sikh community and the White House for over two decades, Dr. Rajwant wants to leverage his platform to help direct Sikh philanthropy and create a society where Guru Nanak’s wisdom is shared with everyone.We discuss his story as an activist, the trials and tribulations he’s faced, and what he aspires for the Sikh community globally. Not only is he the Co-Founder of the National Sikh Campaign but he also chairs and heads several other efforts that he discusses in detail on the podcast.
Attorney General Gurbir Singh Grewal
Season 1, Ep. 4
Attorney General Grewal is the highest-ranking Sikh public official in the United States since Congressman Dalip Singh Saund, also the first Asian American Congressman, who served in the late 1950s.In the hour-long interview, the Attorney General shares his childhood struggles with bullying & harassment, his motivation for pursuing public service and law enforcement, and his unlikely path to the heights of New Jersey politics. Attorney General Grewal also details his policy agenda for the state of New Jersey on items such as public corruption and police-community relations, and his thoughts on the state of our turbulent federal politics.
Arjan Singh Bhullar, UFC Fighter
Season 1, Ep. 3
Outside of equality and the turban, Sikhs are most known for their prowess in battle. In this episode, we chat with a real-life warrior, Arjan Singh Bhullar, who is an Olympic freestyle wrestler and the first Sikh fighter signed to the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC)— the premier mix martial arts (MMA) promotion in the world. According to MMA World Ranking, Arjan iscurrently ranked #21 in the heavyweight division and recently fought in Phoenix, Arizona.Sikh Meets Worldcaught up with him before that fight to chat about his life story, how his family came to Surrey, British Columbia in Canada, his experience as an Olympian, and what about wrestling spurred him to his chosen career path. We also hear his plan to use his platform to raise awareness of the Sikh faith and help the UFC break into the Indian market.